Woman sues Derby ed board for injuries in game mishap
Saturday, September 30, 2000   By AARON J. LEO   leo.connpost@snet.net

DERBY - A city woman is suing the Board of Education for injuries she sustained at a football game last November.

Maryann Guliuzza and her husband, Sal Guliuzza, of O'Sullivan Road, have charged that on Nov. 6, 1999, a clipboard fell from the press box in the Lou DeFilippo Football Field at Derby High School and hit Maryann Guliuzza on the head, according to the suit. It was filed Friday in Milford Superior Court by Attorney Stephen Jacques of Moore, O'Brien, Jacques & Yelenak of Cheshire. 

The suit names the city, the Board of Education, board chairman James Gildea and assistant football coach John DeFrancisco as defendants.

The "violent" impact caused Guliuzza to suffer "lacerations, bruises and contusions to the head," mental and physical pain and suffering, post-traumatic stress disorder and "sleeplessness and nightmares," the suit states. It further charges the defendants with negligence because they did not properly supervise DeFrancisco; exercise "reasonable care" in preventing the clipboard from falling; and because they violated a city rule prohibiting the presence of the clipboard in the press box.

Guliuzza has lost wages and earning capacity, and has incurred, and will incur, medical bills because of the fall, the suit states. Also, as a result of his wife's injuries, Sal Guliuzza "has been deprived of the comfort, care, society, support and affection of his wife," the suit states. 

The couple seeks compensation for medical bills and an unspecified amount in damages.

The city must respond to the suit by Oct. 24. None of the principals in the suit could be reached for comment Friday night.

Aaron Leo, who covers Derby, can be reached at 736-5441.